The Motor City Open celebrates its twenty-first year with record prize money of $76,000 as four of the world’s top ten players aim for the PSA Silver title, February 5-9, at the Birmingham Athletic Club in Detroit, Michigan.

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Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar returns to Bloomfield Hills to defend his title as the tournament’s three seed and enters the top half of the draw. The world No. 9 could be in store for a rematch of the 2019 final in the semis against Peru’s top seed Diego Elias. Last year, Abouelghar defeated the world No. 7 in a dramatic five-game final and has yet to face Elias on the PSA World Tour since that final.

The bottom half of the draw features two past champions in the form of Egypt’s world No. 8 Marwan ElShorbagy, the 2018 champion, and Colombia’s world No. 10 Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the 2015 champion. Both ElShorbagy and Rodriguez needed more than ninety minutes to win their respective Motor City Open finals, and may need to put in a similar shift to engrave their name on the trophy once again.

A trio of Americans enter the first round of play on Thursday including Todd Harrity, Chris Hanson and recently-declared U.S. international Shahjahan Khan. Both Harrity and Hanson will aim to replicate their 2019 first-round wins. Hanson, world No. 66, will be first on court at 6:30pm local time against England’s world No. 55 Richie Fallows. Fallows won their only previous encounter in three games. Harrity, world No. 59, will take on England’s George Parker in what will be their first career match up at 7:30pm. Seattle-based Khan, world No. 63, will face Trinity graduate Vikram Malhotra for the fourth time in his career and will be in search of his first win against the Indian international.

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